LAHORE: The Lahore High Court accepted on Tuesday an application submitted by a local lawyer who is seeking to prevent the government from creating new provinces.
Admitting the petition for hearing in the second week of September, the court sought a reply from the Attorney General of Pakistan and the Punjab Advocate General.
The petitioner pleaded that the constitution did not allow the formation of new provinces, adding that new legislation was required to legitimise the action.
He said the formation of new provinces was a conspiracy against Pakistan, adding that such a move would weaken the country.
The application further states that the issue of new provinces is being exploited by politicians to hide the problems, facing the country.
The Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid) are in favour of a new province and have been debating the issue in the Punjab Assembly.
Earlier this week, in a surprising move that appears to contradict his party’s policies, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said he supports the creation of both a Bahawalpur and a Seraiki province in southern Punjab.
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